A Long Pause

Life emerges.
Lurid. Blistered.

Wrapped in
exiled scents

it emerges.

In the fractures
of eyes that feel 
buried alive 

it emerges

Just as the
huge claws of time 


the ground of

it emerges

like a long
pause in a 

George Cassidy Payne is a poet from Rochester, NY. His work has been included in such publications as the Hazmat Review, Moria Poetry Journal, Chronogram Journal, Ampersand Literary Review, the Angle at St. John Fisher College, and 3:16 Journal. George’s blogs, essays and letters have appeared in the USA Today, Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the Havana Times, the South China Morning Post, the Buffalo News, and more. 

See all his poems on Tea House here.

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